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Is the age of the earth in the Bible?

Early scientists thought that the age of the earth is proven by the genealogical tables in the book of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. Other than this observation, is there any reference to the direct ...
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Did Satan really not understand God's salvation plan? [closed]

I've always been told that when Jesus died on the cross, he ultimately defeated Satan and won victory over death. Satan was not aware of the secret plan and thought that he had defeated Jesus until ...
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Why is Adam considered the original sinner?

In the Biblical account, Eve is the first to eat the forbidden fruit. Yet still the blame gets put on Adam and later on in the Bible it states that sin entered the world through one man. Why is Adam ...
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Do Pope Francis' recent comments on atheism represent a change in doctrine?

Pope Francis made some recent comments in a letter, which are being summarized in headlines like, "Pope Francis tells atheists to abide by their own consciences." Does the full context of the ...
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What is the “Kingdom of God” supposed to be?

everlasting blissful happiness and peace on earth heaven after death / afterlife a metaphorical way to describe that righteousness would be made on earth by the power of the holy spirit, and that ...
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Why are Mormon Temples Ceremonies kept secret from non-Mormons?

Even though only priests were allowed into the Temple in the Old Testament, all of the ceremonies and furnishings were described in great detail in the Old Testament for anyone, Jew or Gentile alike, ...
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Ancient nations in a young earth

How do "Biblical literalists" and other Young Earth Creationists account for the fact that some cultures have been continuously measuring the years for almost five millenia?
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How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation

A common belief (not my own, but fairly common) is that believers may lose or abandon their salvation. A number of Bible verses seem to contradict this teaching, but in particular, 1 John 2:19 stands ...
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What is the difference between “infallible” and “inerrant”?

As with many others I know, I believe in both the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible. But what is the difference between these two important terms? If something has no errors (inerrant), then ...
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What's the difference between judging God and questioning God?

In my answer to Can man judge whether God is fair?, I gave an example of the prophet Habakkuk questioning God in a judgmental way. God dealt with Habakkuk patiently, answering his questions. On the ...
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What is “intercession” and what kinds of “intercessory prayer” are there?

Different traditions seem to have different ideas about intercession. What are the major different types of "intercessory prayer" and which traditions employ them? If applicable to the definition, ...
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What is the origin of Zoe (ζωή) vs Psyche (ψυχή) life in St. John?

It seems in John's gospel and and in other letters by John, there is a big theological emphasis on the difference between (in the Greek) ζωή "Zoe" life and ψυχή "Psyche" life. John 12:25 (NIV) ...
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Is Partialism a real heresy?

This YouTube video identifies Partialism as a heresy. It states that Partialism is the heresy wherein The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are each described as 1/3 of God. To me, it's a vaguely familiar ...
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Is the Eastern Orthodox Church independent from regional governments?

I have heard that interference from Moscow has been the cause of some dissent and even a schism within the Russian Orthodox Church in America. I think the very existence of the Russian Orthodox ...
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What does INRI stand for?

On the crucifix there is sometimes a plate above Jesus' head that has the letters INRI. What does INRI mean or stand for? Why is it there?
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Has the Catholic church ever voiced its view on the possibility of aliens' existence?

Has the Catholic church ever acknowledged such a possibility as not contradicting the Bible? Or has it once said that the whole idea of aliens is absolutely non-Biblical as the humans are the center ...
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Why do Baptists believe in the autonomy of local congregations?

Why do Baptists reject the idea of a central authority and instead place authority in the local congregations? Does this have a biblical basis or is it a result of past conflict with authority ...
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What is so special about sitting at God's “right hand”?

This concept seems to show up in a few places: Psalms 110:1 (NIV) The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ...
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Christian response(s) to disaster survival, or Christian self-defense

Every year, "end times" and apocalyptic films, books, and articles are produced in both the wider popular culture, and in religious contexts. In almost every post-disaster scenario as typically ...
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Why do many Protestant congregations not require attendance at services on Christmas and Easter?

It came to my attention from living, driving around and listening to Christian radio that many Protestants do not have any services on what Catholics would consider solemnities (Christmas and Easter ...
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What's the basic premise behind “restorationist” movements?

To the untrained ear, the labels used in Christian circles for some groups of churches as either "reformational" or "restorationist" don't seem that different. If the label "reformed" is a direct ...
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Is the idea that God can erase His memory a common understanding?

While listening to the local Christian radio station on the way home, Jon Courson touched on Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. (NIV) Jon ...
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What is the difference between being filled by the Holy Spirit and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit?

The book of Acts talks about people "being filled" with the Holy Spirit at various times. There is also the concept of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. From the perspective that asserts these are, ...
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Why is it hard for a rich man to go to heaven?

Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven. Why would this be? Does this mean that it will be hard for e.g. Warren Buffett to go ...
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Are there any atheists in the Bible?

Do any people in the Bible self identify as atheists? Or are they all theists, differing in which god they follow? Apparently at least some atheists existed, since David had heard of them: The ...
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What is the theological import behind genealogies?

So, several places in the bible are just lists of names: Genesis 5 I Chronicles 1 - 10 Matthew 1 Luke 3 all come to mind. In Matthew 1, in particular, I have pulled sermons out of the only four ...
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What do Southern Baptists believe about Predestination?

It seems that some doctrines and beliefs are not taught openly. I was curious, what is the Southern Baptist doctrine regarding predestination? Do they believe in unconditional election or complete ...
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What is the biblical basis for and against the “filioque”? [closed]

In order to contextualize the question I add the following quote from the wikipedia article concerning Filioque clause: Filioque, Latin for "and (from) the Son", is a phrase found in the form of ...
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What is the practical application of the story of the woman caught in adultery? [closed]

John 8:2-11 tells us the story of the woman caught in adultery: 2At dawn [Jesus] appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The ...
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Should Mark 16:9-20 be in the Bible?

The ending of the Gospel of Mark is a disputed passage, because different manuscripts have a different ending: Some end at Mark 16:8 Some include Mark 16:9-20, like most Bible translations Some ...
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Is Aquinas' idea of 'Beatific Vision' widely accepted today?

Thomas Aquinas defined the beatific vision as the human being's "final end" in which one attains to a perfect happiness. Aquinas reasons that one is perfectly happy only when all one's desires are ...
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Did Jesus visit India?

Some traditions state that Jesus visited India between the ages of 12 and 33, in order to study and learn. What evidence is there that he did or did not visit India?
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Do we answer the arguments of fools or not? How are Proverbs 26:4-5 to be understood?

Proverbs 26:4-5 (NLT) 4 Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,       or you will become as foolish as they are. 5 Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of ...
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Are other religions treated differently by any major branch of Christianity?

In Judaism, some religions are considered to be Avodah Zarah, and others are not. So, for example, if Christianity or certain of its denominations is Avodah Zarah, that has implications for Jews' ...
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Do Fetuses have souls? Is the aquisition of a soul instantenous or continuous? [closed]

Christian fundamentalists argue against abortion on the grounds that fetuses have souls. The argument starts with two premises: that people have souls while animals do not, and that the right to life ...
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Do the LDS believe in the Hypostatic Union?

Well, this may seem like a dumb question, but a lot of heads have been knocked around over what is meant by the "Divinity of Christ". To a Catholic, I don't think one can have the Divinity of Christ ...
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Why is the KJV frequently said to be the “true” translation?

This question actually centers on the KJV translation itself. It's not hard to find a church in America (particularly in the south) where they believe that the KJV is the one true translation and that ...
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What's the point of the second commandment?

If the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" means that God, and God alone is to be worshipped, why do we have the Second Commandment? Aren't idols covered in the First ...
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Is belief a work into salvation?

Is the placing of one's faith in Christ for salvation, a work? - Can I produce faith on my own? How does the Bible answer that question?
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According to LDS (Mormon) teaching, who was the first God who began the eternal progression?

I understand that the LDS church teaches the concept of eternal progression, that "As God is, so man can become and as man is, so God once was." So, men may attain godhood in exaltation. By ...
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How do sola-scriptura adherents reconcile the role of the Holy Spirit as a teacher?

The Bible teaches that one of the many roles of the Holy Spirit is that of a teacher: Luke 12:11-12 (NIV) John 14:26 (NIV) 1 Corinthians 2:11-15 (NIV) Sola-scriptura is the belief that "that ...
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What is the Biblical basis against being able to predict the date of the end of the world?

Recently, there have been a few people (e.g. Harold Camping) who have predicted the end of the world. Historically, the Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower Bible & Tract Society) have also predicted ...
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What is “apostolic authority”?

Some Christian traditions use the term "apostolic authority". What is meant by this phrase? Does it have more than one meaning depending on which doctrinal tradition it is coming from? Are there any ...
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Is rape condoned in the Bible? If so, why? [closed]

Rape is not a judgment that's commanded upon those that violate the law, whether in the new testament or the old. So why does God choose to use rape as a means of judgement? In america we have a bill ...
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Does it matter which day I celebrate Sabbath / Lord's day on? [closed]

Inspired by this question: What qualifies as work on Sunday? I know some churches are very specific that we should commit one weekday to the Lord (Saturday or Sunday). Much like Jews celebrate the ...
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What are the benefits of a red letter edition Bible?

Red letter edition Bibles seem to be popular in the US. The difference to a plain Bible is that words of Jesus are printed in red. The first red-letter Bible was published in 1900, and the practice ...
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What happens to marriage on the New Earth

I think I can safely say that humans were designed not to operate as a single solitary person but as part of a unit of two -- both as referenced by Gen 3:16-17 (see mentions of husband and wife in ...
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How was the Bible used to reduce modern slavery?

In debates over slavery in the United States, many abolitionists used the Bible as part of their reasoning for freeing the slaves. In both the Old & New Testaments there is very clear ...
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Are the theories of Evolution and the Big Bang now binding to Catholics and to be held as true?

On Monday, October 27, 2014, addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences , Pope Francis is reported to have said, 'the Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not ...
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What is the proper use of money in Luke 16:1-13?

This is the parable of the dishonest manager, about to sacked for squandering his master's property. (We don't know if used the property for personal gain, or made bad investments, or what have you.) ...

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